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Julianne Moore Headed to Broadway in David Hare's 'The Vertical Hour'

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Julianne Moore will star in the world premiere of David Hare's new play The Vertical Hour. The play, directed by Sam Mendes, will open on Broadway on Thursday, November 30, 2006 at a Shubert theatre to be announced.

"The Vertical Hour will mark the first time Moore has been on a New York stage since her sensational 1992 appearance in Andre Gregory's Vanya on 42nd Street and the first time David Hare has premiered a play in America," state press notes.

Nadia Blye (Moore) is a young American war correspondent turned academic who now teaches Political Studies at Yale. A brief holiday with her boyfriend in the Welsh borders brings her into contact with a kind of Englishman whose culture and beliefs are a surprise and a challenge, both to her and to her relationship.

"David Hare's new play, about the interconnection between our secret motives and our public politics, seeks to illustrate how life has subtly changed for so many people in the West in the new century."

The design team for The Vertical Hour includes Scott Pask (scenery), Ann Roth (costumes) and Brian MacDevitt (lighting).  The Vertical Hour will be produced by Robert Fox, Neal Street Productions and Scott Rudin.

Further casting is still to be announced.

Julianne Moore's stage work includes the Guthrie Theater's production of Hamlet, and workshop productions of Strindberg's The Father, with Al Pacino, and Wendy Wasserstein's An American Daughter, with Meryl Streep. Moore is a four-time Academy Award nominee, for Boogie Nights, The End of the Affair, The Hours and Far From Heaven. More recently, Moore starred in the thriller The Forgotten, under the direction of Joe Ruben; and in the independent film Marie and Bruce, opposite Matthew Broderick. Her upcoming films include Freedomland, for director Joe Roth, and Trust the Man, with Maggie Gyllenhaal and David Duchovny, under the direction of Moore's husband, Bart Freundlich. Some of her many films include Safe, Short Cuts, Cookie's Fortune, A Map of the World, The Big Lebowski, World Traveler, Surviving Picasso, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Hannibal, Lasse Hallström's The Shipping News, Ivan Reitman's Evolution, Gus Van Sant's remake of Psycho, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, Benny & Joon, The Fugitive, Nine Months, and Assassins.

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